How to back up your Android phone

Applications, photos, and contacts: Your Android smartphone has a wealth of vital information. We show you how to create a backup of your phone’s data.



Unlike Apple, Google has yet to provide a solution that allows users to back up and restore their Android smartphones to factory settings. Google’s server back ups have greatly improved the issue in recent years, although they are not exhaustive. To protect user data, many Android apps encrypt their data on the device, making it inaccessible to “normal” back up solutions unless root access is granted, which may be a complicated process. It’s important to remember that not all applications that promise to back up your Android device (whether they’re from the Play Store or designed for Windows or Mac) deliver. But don’t worry; we’ll teach you how to safeguard almost all of your important information by creating back ups on your phone.

Configure Google back up for Android

To ensure that Google back ups are configured properly, follow these steps:


Navigate to the settings menu on your Android smartphone. Go to the “Back up and reset (or restore)” menu option. As a rule, this should be directly accessible at the top menu level. If this is not the case, try the settings’ search feature or go through menus such as “Advanced” or something like that.

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Check that the “Back up my data” option is set to “On”; if it is not, enable the Android back up. The Google account will be shown under “Back up account.”

Verify Google Drive’s back ups for Android

As was previously mentioned, an increasing number of apps are saving encrypted copies of their data in the cloud on Google. Whether you followed the previous step and configured your Android back up to use your Google account, you can quickly check to see if it is functioning properly. To secure the Android data, we utilize Google’s cloud storage service, Google Drive. The Drive app on your smartphone allows you to see the programs and data that are being backed up:

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On your smartphone, launch the Google Drive app. If it hasn’t already been installed, you may do so from the Google Play Store. Open the side menu in the Google Drive app and choose “Back ups.”

Step 2


Back ups of all Android devices linked to your Google Account are now visible in Google Drive. Tap an entry to learn more. You may also erase previous back ups by pressing the three dots and selecting “Delete backup.”

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You can see precisely what Google has backed up in the detailed view. During the restoration, the necessary data (for example, system settings and SMS) will be transferred to your new smartphone. The “App data” section is really intriguing.

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An index of apps that make use of the Google system’s backup feature is provided by Android. More information is always welcome. Because Google not only installs the apps on a new phone but also updates them to the state they were in when the backup was created. Thus, the smartphone would allow you to pick up just where you left off with your previous device.

Backing up Android app data manually

Even while more and more programs include backup functions, you shouldn’t depend on them. It’s dreadful if you don’t have a backup of your favorite app’s configuration after spending a lot of time on it. This is why many programs also include a manual backup option. Nova Launcher, a widely used app for Android devices, has a feature that allows users to save their current home screen settings in case something should happen to their device. Your app icons and Android widgets will be exactly where you left them if you back them up before switching phones. You can generally find backup options in the app’s settings, and many productivity applications (particularly those that just keep your data on the phone and not in the cloud) do so as well.

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You could take use of the many programs available that include manual backup options.

Among the exceptions are messaging apps like the ubiquitous WhatsApp. These provide choices for automatic backup, although the features aren’t usually enabled by default. That’s something you need to alter immediately!

Choose “Chats – Chat backups” from WhatsApp’s settings menu. By selecting “Backup” here, you may save all of your WhatsApp conversations (including with images and audio recordings) to Google Drive. WhatsApp will now daily automatically build a backup. If you switch phones in the future but have the same Google account, WhatsApp will offer to transfer your data across.

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You should always use WhatsApp with the built-in backup option enabled.

Most Android users’ most prized possessions are their images, followed closely by their app data. Luckily, there are a plethora of options for routinely backing up your Android phone’s images. Although local backups are feasible, using a cloud service like Google Photos or Dropbox makes this process much simpler. If you want to use cloud backup, it is recommended that you only do so when connected to an already active Wi-Fi network. The benefit is that photos stored in the cloud may be accessed from any device with an internet connection, and they will remain accessible even if your phone is damaged or stolen.

Google Photos

Any photos taken on your phone are immediately saved to Google’s cloud storage service, Google Photos. Images up to 16 megapixels in size may be safely backed up using the “High” option, and the quality reduction should be imperceptible on a mobile device. Another option is to keep photographs at their original resolution when backing them up. You get 15 GB of space in Google’s free version.

You may activate Google Photos’ automatic picture backup by downloading the related mobile app: Access “Backup and sync” in the settings menu. In this section, you turn on the aforementioned feature and choose the pictures you want Google to save. Additional resources on this topic may be found at:

Dropbox, OneDrive

Photos may also be backed up to other cloud services, such as Dropbox or OneDrive. Smartphone images may be automatically uploaded to a specified folder on the cloud service if the related setting is activated inside the applications (for Dropbox, for example, this is called “Photo Backup”). Photos may be viewed and edited on your personal computer (PC) if you sync the services with it. Keep in mind that doing so will continually eat away at your allotted space for storing images. When you go into the app’s settings, you’ll find the option to back up your photos. The comparable menu item is known as “Photo Upload” in Dropbox, for instance. Choose simply the photographs you want to be backed up, or include videos as well.

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Enable Dropbox backup to back up your photos to the cloud.

Back up photos to the NAS drive

Want to avoid using a cloud service to save your photos? Photographs may also be backed up to network-attached storage (NAS) devices. Qnap, Synology, and Western Digital are just a few of the NAS providers that have corresponding mobile applications that handle backups. Once the NAS and the mobile device are connected to the same network, the applications will immediately begin saving the photos to the NAS’s hard drive. Find out whether your NAS comes with a matching backup solution by contacting the manufacturer. Use Synology’s “DS Photo” program to initiate the photo backup. To access the “Photo Backup” option, go to the “Settings” menu. Now all you have to do is follow the on-screen prompts to quickly and easily generate a copy of your precious photo collection.

Android backups with manufacturer tools

Manufacturer solutions, such as Samsung Smart Switch, aid with the backup of applications and data from your Android smartphone.

There are other methods for backing up your Android phone’s applications and data in case you don’t want to use Google’s cloud storage. Almost all smartphone makers now include software on their devices for making and restoring backups. Technology like Samsung’s Smart Switch and Sony’s Xperia Companion are two such instances. Some manufacturers, like Huawei, provide applications in the Play Store that allow users to generate Android backups directly on their devices. Our research shows that although the tools perform well, they have a major drawback: they are virtually always incompatible with cellphones from other brands. You will need to depend on manual backup techniques or the Google backup once again if you decide to switch brands later (for example, from Samsung to Huawei).

Back up internal memory

The largest security holes may be patched if regular backups of your most valuable app data, including images, contacts, and other documents, are created automatically. Nonetheless, it is also a good idea to periodically back up the internal storage on your smartphone as well as any SD cards you may have attached. In the event of an emergency, you may use this method to recover data that was not included in the backup.

Simply transfer the data from the phone’s internal memory to a designated folder on your PC’s hard drive by plugging in the USB cord. Newer Android smartphones will provide a push notification to do this “This is a USB charging device. Tap the screen to see other choices.” Specify the USB connection settings here. Simply go to the “Transfer Files” menu option to view all of the information stored on the gadget. That settles it. The phone’s internal memory is available to you.

The internal storage is easily accessible via the PC. Start Explorer and go to the “This PC” menu option. In the “Devices and drives” section of your phone’s settings, you should see it. When you choose it, your device’s internal storage space as well as any external storage space, such as an SD card, will be seen.